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WHEN COWPER, during six years, wrote some lines, which were subjoined to the yearly Bills of Mortality of the parish of All Saints, Northampton, he found it somewhat difficult to avoid sameness, and introduce variety. The writer of this article, less gifted than the Bard, has now to produce his tenth Preface to a work, which, in principle and character, has undergone no variation; and he shall think himself fortunate, if, by avoiding repetition, he can escape censure, without laying any claim to praise.
The Tenth Volume of the IMPERIAL MAGAZINE, now brought to a close, the Editor flatters himself, will not be found inferior in any respect to the most exalted of its predecessors. Of these volumes the leading principles are precisely the same, the articles varying only in modes and topics of discussion ; but always keeping in view the great doctrines of Christianity, without deviating from the permanent dictates of moral and philosophical truth.
It is well known, that in the Christian system, there are many truths which soar far beyond the dominion of reason, and the empire of philosophical research ; but in no case can their decisions be subversive of each other. In several of our papers we have aimed to trace the analogy, and in doing this, the operations of secondary causes have occasionally become the subjects of investigation. To this department all our scientific inquiries, and many of our controversial subjects, may be referred; and, in proportion as success has crowned our efforts, the empire of knowledge has been enlarged.
In the mean while, we have found it necessary, for the sake of variety, and the accommodation of many readers, to whom any thing like severe analysis is an uninviting subject, to introduce narratives, incidents, and historical sketches, which at once enliven with the
charms of novelty, and illustrate many striking peculiarities in the human character. In the midst, however, of this diversity of matter and mode, we have invariably aimed at stability of purpose, and unity of design, and we flatter ourselves, that an examination of what is now before the public, will prove that your attempts have not been altogether unsuccessful.
Of its original independence, the IMPERIAL MAGAZINE has never lost sight; and those only, we presume, will charge it with partiality, who are unacquainted with its general contents. Its adherence indeed to these noble principles, has subjected its conductors to a few impotent snarls; but all attempts to retard its circulation, have caused hostility to be defeated by its own weapons, and enabled it to triumph in the increased patronage of an enlightened and liberal public.
The sources whence our Portraits, and the Biographical Sketches which accompany them, have been derived, will furnish decisive proof that local barriers have neither interdicted nor accelerated our selection. These Portraits have been engraven by artists of established celebrity, and an inspection of their highly finished state, sufficiently demonstrates that no expense has been spared, to secure their uniform and decided superiority.
To their numerous and highly respectable correspondents, the Proprietors and Editor of the IMPERIAL MAGAZINE beg to acknowledge themselves under peculiar obligations, for their valuable communications; and to all their subscribers, both old and new, they beg also to express their unfeigned gratitude. But above all, they wish to express a still more reverential ascription of praise to God, through whose power and goodness they are enabled to acknowledge all their other obligations.
Divine prescience : Dr. Clarke defended, 603
815 Drankenness, sober dissuasions from, ..1019
134 Educated ministry, necessity of,. 981
.1015 Frederick the Great, autograph of, 676
771 Friendship, genuine, exemplified,.. 800
Frost, John, Esq., memoir of, ..... 971,
321, 416, 525, 630, 726, 837,
918, 1001, 1106
870, 966, 1063
699 Gunton's monastery of St. Peterborough,
-, a question answered respecting, 1009
151 Holland, hints for a tour through, 166
Horace, sccond ode, first book,. .1021
796 Injustice, retaliation, and superstition,..1111
abuse of charities for the, 723
75 Instruction of the Irish, Highlanders, and
166 Physiology, essays on, 40, 139, 249,
340, 441, 545, 634, 731, 830
693 Planets, number of, in the solar system, 627
elliptical motions of the,..912, 1006
Popery, on tbe authority of the council
Prosecutions for infidel works, against .. 890
201 Public asylums, unfrieudly to the cure of
671 Public meetings in the metropolis, . 575
..... 312 Resurrection, on the design of tbe, 896
435 Roby, Rev. William, memoir of,
Roofs, secarity of, in large buildings, 640
Sheep, instinct of a,
205 Shipwreck, Chinese life-preserver, in, 198
9 Shrewsbury, conversion of Duke of,.... 702
393 Solitary bours, . ....25, 121, 217, 313, 409
489 Sonship, eternal, observations on,... 305
a word on the,.
871 Sution, Rev. C. Manuers, memoir of, 105
. 1024 Thoughts on Christian holiness,. .884, 976
in favour of burying in,
51 Wesleyan Methodist new test act, ex-